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Eartha Steward: Make your roses bloom green

Eartha Steward

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and Summit County is finally waking up from a lonely and bitter winter nap. With the arrival of spring comes love, peace, happiness … and compost!

Here at the High Country Conservation Center, the phone is ringing off the hook with the age-old question: “Where the flip can I buy finished compost?” Read on for the answer, but let’s start with why the flip composting matters.

When you toss organic waste in the trash, it ends up stewing in our local landfill. Over the next decade to 100 years, organic waste will break down anaerobically (without oxygen) and create methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is 72 times more effective at warming the planet than carbon dioxide. A warming planet is NOT cool. So what is? Composting!

Summit County runs a commercial composting operation at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP). Ringing in at over 9,300 feet, the High Country Composting Facility takes the cake as one of the highest commercial and retail composting facilities in the country.

So, what’s the skinny on High Country Compost? High Country Composting Facility produces two types of compost; one made with biosolids from waste water treatment plants and the second from food waste – both of which are equally great soil amendments. Food waste is collected from select businesses, resorts and schools (school composting program made possible, in part, by funding from Vail Resorts ECHO), and is delivered to and processed at the High Country Composting Facility. Next, greens (food waste) and browns (wood chips and yard waste) are mixed together and with the help of microbes, oxygen, and a sprinkle of love, compost is born within about 90 days.

High Country Compost and No BS High Country Compost are both class I high quality composts. They contain stabilized organic materials that have passed all state requirements for unrestricted use, which can be used with all plant types in any type of soil (sandy or clay). A sure-fire way to appease your broccoli and basil plants is to pepper-in this nutrient rich soil amendment. Compost greatly enhances overall soil structure and improves movement of air and water within the soil – essential to healthy, happy plant growth. This stuff is so great it’ll make your roses bloom green!

For a limited time, the High Country Conservation Center is selling small batches of No BS Compost (no bio-solids), made at the High Country Composting Facility. For small and large quantities of compost, the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) will be your one stop shop for purchasing High Country Compost, starting May 3. For pricing and to learn more about purchasing compost call (970) 468-9263 x0.

Buying High Country Compost is a great opportunity to use your purchasing power to support a local, closed-loop composting program. Rest assured that this compost has never made its way past the county line. Wow! Just think you no longer need to lose sleep over your child’s uneaten bread crusts and its global warming potential. Instead, that crust played an important role in creating a nutrient-rich soil amendment.

Free samples of High Country Compost will be distributed on Earth Day at the annual Earth Day Action Fair. These samples are the perfect amount to fertilize one or two medium-sized houseplants. We look forward to seeing you tonight at the Earth Day Action Fair from 6 -8:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

Eartha Steward is written by Jennifer Santry and Erin Makowsky, consultants on all things eco and chic at the High Country Conservation Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community. Eartha believes that you can walk gently on our planet, even if you’re wearing stylish shoes.

Submit questions to Eartha at or to High Country Conservation Center, PO Box 4506, Frisco, CO 80443.

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